One Fine Morning (Un beau matin)
Celebrated writer and director Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come, Father of My Children, Bergman Island) makes a wise and wistful return with One Fine Morning, a profoundly moving portrayal of love, loss and contemporary womanhood that won the Best European Film award in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes Film Festival 2022.
Set in Paris, Léa Seydoux stars as Sandra – a young, widowed mother who juggles her job as a translator with caring both for her young daughter and her ailing elderly father, Pascal Gregory, who is suffering from degenerative neurological disease. As her father’s condition dramatically worsens, Sandra and her family struggle to access the necessary care. With her father slowly drifting away and her daughter growing up fast, Sandra’s life is further complicated when she embarks on a passionate affair with Clement (Melvil Poupaud), an old friend in an unhappy marriage.
Returning to the thematic and narrative sensibilities of such acclaimed previous films as Things to Come and Father of My Children, and featuring a career-best performance from Seydoux, Hansen-Løve’s latest is a gently poignant romantic drama exploring the beauty and limitations of romance and family bonds, shot through with the director’s characteristically charming touch.
One Fine Morning is a deceptively simple yet profoundly beautiful and emotionally powerful film. Through heartfelt storytelling of familial and romantic connections, Hansen-Løve masterfully captures the essence of love and loss in this poignant drama.
“The mystery of what the heart wants, and what it might give in return, is the theme of this humane, sympathetic movie from Mia Hansen-Løve” ★★★★ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“There’s an emotional richness and authenticity to Seydoux’s work here that distinguish it as possibly her best yet” – Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter